Genre: Contemporary Romance
You’ll like this if you like: Sizzling Romance, a Charming, Playboy Hero, or Assassination Attempts.
Cleanliness: The hero, Bo, contemplates taking the heroine up to his room. Eventually, there’s involvement with the slums of the city, so there are mentions of rape, drug use, etc.
Hero Type: Bad Boy
Favorite Profound Quote:
“You’re not lost, Alexis. You’re on a journey leading somewhere. I only hope it’s with me.”
Favorite Descriptive Quote:
“The sip of tea electrified her teeth, and she guessed she’d had enough sugar for a while.”
Alexis Murphy is done messing with the wrong kinds of men. She could not be happier planning a personalized Grace Evangeline wedding with her fiancé, Jeffrey, who is so right for her. Or is he?
Stage star and spokesmodel, Bo Corrigan, could be the ultimate disruption. Alexis—Exi—is caught by his talent and sexual magnetism. Yet under the glow, she senses trouble, not only danger from Bo’s past mistakes, but something inside tearing him apart.
From the moment Bo sees Exi, he knows she’s special, but not only that—she’s real. Unlike the theater scene he’s been immersed in, she sees the man he is and won’t stop until she’s reached inside and brought that person from despair to life … if only they have time.
With violent forces against them, can they get beyond the damage to love that heals and restores?
Typically, I don’t like contemporary romances, but this book had enough going on to keep it interesting. For one, there’s Bo. Even though Exi is engaged to someone else, Bo refuses to give up on her. She eventually breaks off the engagement, so Bo and her former fiancée can compete for her hand. And then there’s the Russian mafia, who are trying to murder Bo and hurt those closest to him.
The characters felt real and flawed, but all of them were still likable. Exi is fun and sweet, while Bo is dashing and debonair. His character arc takes him from a playboy to someone who’s devoted enough to not only win, but keep Exi’s hand. (I should’ve warned you that was a spoiler alert, but I think you probably saw it coming anyhow 😉 )
Sometimes, the romantic obsession felt like it was a bit much, but having it so intense definitely upped the angst. And it is a romance, after all 😉
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What elements make for the best romances in stories? What about in real life? What works in romance novels that would never work in real life?